WORCESTER, Mass. – Two late goals edged the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth back within one in the final 10 minutes of play, but four-straight goals by host WPI proved too much for the Corsairs to overcome on Sunday at Alumni Field.
Score: WPI 4, UMass Dartmouth 3
Records: WPI (2-0) | UMass Dartmouth (1-1)
How it Happened
Corsair junior Taryn Carley (Kingston, Mass.) netted her first career goal to kick of UMass Dartmouth's scoring, with senior Alyssa Martins (Ludlow, Mass.) and sophomore Juliana Fleming (Boston, Mass.) tallying their first goals of the season.
WPI's Sophie Gomarlo (Swanzey, N.H.) generated nearly all of her team's offense, burying a hat trick to ultimately put the game out of reach. In net, Mandy St. Germain (Upton, Mass.) turned aside six shots, with sophomore Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, Mass.) posting a goal and an assist.
Carley went to work immediately after the opening whistle, putting UMass Dartmouth up early as she collected her own rebound on a breakaway to beat St. Germain. The lead would be short-lived, as Gormarlo broke free of the defense for her first goal in the 17th minute to kick off four unanswered scores by the Engineers.
McCrea put WPI in front on the pass from Leah Beauton (Colchester, Conn.) before half, and Gomarlo found the net twice more within the first seven minutes of the second stanza to balloon the lead to 4-1. With plenty of time left, the Corsairs would battle back, beginning with Martins' header on junior Courtney Hewitt's (North Attleboro, Mass.) corner kick in the 60th minute.
Fleming cut the visitors back within one with her first career goal at the 66:31 mark, converting a header off the give from senior Abby Silva (Fall River, Mass.). UMass Dartmouth forced St. Germain to make two saves in the waning minutes, keeping the Engineers in front.
Inside the Numbers
- UMass Dartmouth is the first team to hang three goals on WPI, an NCAA Tournament squad last season, since Babson claimed a 3-2 win over the Engineers on Sept. 14, 2014.
- Hewitt matches her career-high point total in just two games into the season with an assist on Sunday.
- UMass Dartmouth finished with a 12-8 shot advantage on the hosts, along with a 4-1 edge on corner kicks.
- Freshman Jaimee O'Brien (West Springfield, Mass.) went the distance in her collegiate debut, making a pair of saves in net.
The Corsairs stick to the road on Thursday, traveling to Smith for a 5 p.m. start time.